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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 15 November 2018
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Pros
  • "Work life balance and my manager" (in 90 reviews)

  • "Ample vacation time and work from home privledges begin after 6 months of employment" (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • "PRA tries very hard to ensure work-life balance, but this is still challenging in CRO environment" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Upper management on studies could benefit from being more organized but overall fair management" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "A fantastic working atmosphere."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Reading, England
    Current Employee - In-House Clinical Research Associate in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting salary of £25k, great environment in the office, potential opportunity for pay rises as goals are achieved. Very happy with my job!

    Cons

    Can't think of any - very positive.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. "Good training and support but hard to progress/earn more"

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    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Swansea, Wales
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Swansea, Wales
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and work from home

    Cons

    Pay external candidates more than internal

  3. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start as a CRA great foundation and emphasis on training.

    Cons

    With so many different systems for each task, barely anytime to get work done. Also focussed on pleasing clients needs instead of of putting employee first.


  4. "Good company, but could be much better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GRAL (Regulatory Lead) in Reading, England
    Current Employee - GRAL (Regulatory Lead) in Reading, England

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, work/life balance very good, people are treated well

    Cons

    in the regulatory department, there is no willing to have good management: almost everybody does a bit of line management (around 3 direct reports), without training nor skills...

    Constructive feedback clearly not appreciated by upper management.

    Directors not really supportive, never defend people, they'll change study allocation if real problem.

    I would say that working there is comfortable but not motivating


  5. "PRA associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff and collegues
    Managers nice

    Cons

    Salary is not great tbh


  6. "Great Company, Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - In House CRA in Reading, England
    Former Employee - In House CRA in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company benefits and social activity
    Enthusiastic and easy to get on with management
    Great role to experience & great entry point into the industry side of research
    Great Culture and office atmosphere

    Cons

    High workload if you are unlucky
    Pay increments can be low
    Recently high turnover of staff making way for an uncomfortable work environment and atmosphere.
    Exposure and opportunity to gain additional shadowing limited and very strict not to allow this unless you work on that particular project.

    Advice to Management

    Try to plan ahead more often so that staff turnover can be managed to avoid overloading remaining employees. Promotion should be managed more systematically rather than sporadically.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No career progression or fair salary"

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    Former Employee - In House CRA
    Former Employee - In House CRA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Other members of the team are friendly and willing to help where training has failed.
    Working from home option and flexi time

    Cons

    No career progression, department feels demotivated and disorganised. Managers continue to treat staff as a number and not as individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Please start listening to your staff instead of Europe wide rules regarding promotions and salaries!

  8. "Good soild company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible working hours
    Excellent location

    Cons

    No bonus
    Over worked mangers need to listen to staff more

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team


  9. "A couple of teething problems still persist"

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    Current Employee - Lead Data Manager
    Current Employee - Lead Data Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance/ Number of opportunites/ Average benefits

    Cons

    Minimal management and HR comms on items of great significance. Often left in the dark completely.


  10. "Data processing of clinical trial data"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and promotion opportunities. Friendly staff. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Adherence to dress code.


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